WHPA Mission 2009-2017
The Western HVAC Performance Alliance (WHPA) launched in 2009 in response to the portion of the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan (CEESP) that reads: "An HVAC Advisory Group should be chartered to involve high-level HVAC industry stakeholders—such as manufacturers, distributors, and contractors—to coordinate industry sponsorship of and participation in HVAC strategies. Membership should also include other key players, such as the CPUC, Energy Commission utilities, building owners/managers, consumers, and the Federal government." Through 2017, the WHPA’s activities were organized around the following four (4) HVAC goals of the CEESP:
1. Improved Code Compliance
2. Quality Installation & Maintenance
3. Whole Building Design
4. HVAC Technologies & Diagnostics
Initial support of the Performance Alliance was provided by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and Southern California Gas Company (collectively the Investor Owned Utilities – IOUs) and was funded by California ratepayers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. WHPA daily operations were handled by WHPA Staff through administrative contracts awarded by the IOUs. No funds were directly given to WHPA as it was not a legal entity. There was no charge for membership. Organizations and their participants primarily based throughout California but also spread throughout the United States of America volunteered time through in-kind hours.
Since its inception, membership in the WHPA has been at the company level and with designation in one of the organizational participant categories. Historically each WHPA participant represented his or her firm or organization as a general member, or as a participant in stakeholder activities.
Stakeholder engagement was primarily through Committees and Working Groups, occasional in-person charrettes, and annual in-person leadership meetings focused on all facets of the HVAC built environment that provided the California Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Energy Commission (CEC), and other interested parties with expert counsel from the building performance industry regarding HVAC systems. Stakeholders worked as a broad set of HVAC experts representing all aspects of the industry to collaboratively tackle the issues and the opportunities surrounding HVAC energy efficiency. The work of these groups yielded official WHPA work products covering a wide variety of topical areas including focus on commercial HVAC, residential HVAC, installation, maintenance, education and training, compliance and codes, policy, measurement and valuation (M&V), and sales.
From 2009 through 2017, WHPA proved itself as a model to advance energy efficiency through engagement and collaboration between industry, government, and utilities.